An­nual Schools of Chesham event to cel­e­brate works of Roald Dahl

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

A BUCK­ING­HAMSHIRE au­thor will be cel­e­brated at a pop­u­lar an­nual car­ni­val at the week­end.

The 42nd Schools of Chesham Car­ni­val will take place on Satur­day with the usual pro­ces­sion through the town of floats rep­re­sent­ing lo­cal schools, busi­nesses and clubs.

Ex­pect to see gi­ants, in­sects and choco­late this year as the floats fol­low the theme of 100 Years of Roald Dahl.

The au­thor lived in nearby Great Mis­senden and is buried in the vil­lage’s cemetery.

The pro­ces­sion sets off from Ash­eridge Road at noon and will pro­ceed along Belling­don Road, Townsend Road, Broad Street and High Street be­fore end­ing in Wa­ter Meadow car park, off Red Lion Street, at 12.45pm.

The fun then con­tin­ues in Lown­des Park with chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment, a bar­be­cue, tea tent, bar, grand draw and dozens of stalls. There will also be an arena with per­for­mances as well as prizes awarded for the best floats.

The park events will be of­fi­cially opened at 1pm by spe­cial guest, co­me­dian Alex Horne, who lives in the town.

Or­gan­iser Sally Hills said: “There is some­thing for ev­ery­one to en­joy at the car­ni­val so do please come along and sup­port your lo­cal schools.”

The Chesham car­ni­val be­gan in 1974 af­ter founder David Steel saw how much fun peo­ple had at a pram race in the town, and he con­vinced a group of lo­cals and par­ents to form The Schools of Chesham Car­ni­val Com­mit­tee.

The car­ni­val’s first theme was Alice In Won­der­land and it was opened by the late Sir Terry Wo­gan.

Mr Steel died in 2012 but his legacy lives on with a tro­phy named in his hon­our, which is awarded to a per­son or team mak­ing an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the day.

Visit­sofche­sham­car­ni­, or fol­low @Che­shamCar­ni­val on Twit­ter.

Dodg­ing the show­ers: A pair of colour­ful car­ni­val-go­ers kept their spir­its up de­spite some rain at last year’s Chesham Schools Car­ni­val.

Flower power: All types of hats are wel­come.

En­joy­ing the ride: A group of girls were all smiles on their float.

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